MUFON Symposium Proceedings
Brad Sparks and Barry Greenwood
Brad Sparks is the leading expert on the CIA Robertson Panel and the history of the CIA inves-tigation of UFO's, having interviewed every living CIA official involved with the Panel and havingsecured the release of the CIA's UFO files over the years since 1972. He was the first researcher todiscover that the Director of the CIA had been briefed on UFO's, the first to obtain the release of theCIA Director's UFO briefing memos, and the first to obtain the release of the complete, uncensoredand declassified CIA Robertson Panel report and Minutes, as well as many other important CIAdocuments, some of which have never been released again to the public (because the CIA "lost" thedocuments). Brad discovered that the Air Force took known IFO cases falsely disguised as sensa-tional unexplained UFO cases then planted them on the CIA and the Robertson Panel in a successfuleffort to sabotage the Panel and the CIA's UFO investigation. The AF's special file of 63 best UFOUnknowns was deliberately suppressed from the CIA.Brad also discovered that the CIA had concluded at that point that UFO's were extraterrestrial(until the AF deception), and this was confirmed by the CIA director and deputy director of its Officeof Scientific Intelligence. Brad carried out a systematic investigation of the CIA's UFO activities,which included interviewing some 100 CIA Directors, Deputy Directors, Assistant Directors, andvarious intelligence officials of the CIA, NSA, DIA, Air Force and Naval Intelligence and otheragencies, since 1975. He has reviewed 100,000's of pages of declassified CIA, NSA, AF, Army,Navy and other agency documents on UFO's and agency background histories in the course of hisresearch. He is presently reconstructing the full history of U.S. Intelligence Community involvementwith UFO's. Brad has uncovered the fact that the AF made a milestone policy decision on July 28,1952, to discount and/or reject anecdotal UFO reports and to henceforth stress instrumented andtechnical UFO detections and sightings, and he believes this is the watershed event in all of govern-mental history in UFO studies.Brad was cofounder of Citizens Against UFO Secrecy (CAUS) and principal consultant in theFreedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits managed by CAUS against the CIA and NSA. Bradserved as the assistant research director of the Aerial Phenomena Research Organization (APRO),founded by the late Coral and Jim Lorenzen, for APRO's last decade until 1988.Brad also is cofounder of the BlueBookArchive.org which is putting online on the Web theentire U.S. Air Force Project Blue Book files, which he considers the best collection of publiclyavailable UFO evidence in existence. He has produced the ongoing work-in-progress the "Compre-hensive Catalog of 1,500 Project Blue Book Unknowns," which is available on the NICAP, CUFOS,NIDS and other websites. He is a Research Associate of the National Aviation Reporting Center onAnomalous Phenomena (NARCAP) founded by Dr. Richard Haines, and is a MUFON member andconsultant to the MUFON director.From a stint working at NASA-Ames, Brad has specialized in investigating astronaut UFOcases, including interviewing Skylab-3 astronaut Dr. Owen Garriott shortly after his return to earth.He conclusively refuted the official skeptical explanation for the Gemini 11 case, but recently foundan explanation for this longstanding unexplained incident as well as explanations for the Apollo 11and 12 incidents. However Skylab-3 remains a mystery with the color photos and optical rangingyielding an approximate 800-foot size of the space UFO, much larger than the largest satellite then inspace (the 150-foot Skylab-3).